Adam Shand

Keeping up with the 2015 Ned Kelly Submissions - True Crime

This year I've promised myself a red hot go at reading the entire submissions list for all 3 of the Ned Kelly Categories. Preferably before the 2016 Submissions List is released although there are days when I think I might have bitten off more than I can possibly chew. Still - getting there :)

Starting out with the True Crime list because I CLEARLY have some work to do here:

The Most Memorable Books: 2014

Because it's been such a stellar year for Crime Fiction - a Most Memorable of the Year List before Christmas seems like a plan in case anybody is thinking about books to spoil themselves / friends / family with. Of course the year isn't over yet and I fully expect a few more "memorables" between now and the end of December, if the previous 11 months have been any indication.

The ones that simply will not go out of my head:

Review - THE REAL CHOPPER, Adam Shand

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Book Title: 
The Real Chopper
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Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9780143799580
Categorisation
Category: 
True Crime
Publisher: 
Penguin Australia
Year of Publication: 
2014

Currently Reading - The Real Chopper, Adam Shand

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Over the weekend I found it very difficult to put this one down.

From the Blurb:

Criminal, murderer, raconteur, author . . . mythmaker?

Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read is undoubtedly Australia's best-known criminal. Author of many bestselling books about the underworld he inhabited, and subject of a smash-hit film, his story has become part of the country's culture. And Read certainly knew how to spin a yarn.

The Real Chopper

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

Criminal, murderer, raconteur, author . . . mythmaker?

Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read is undoubtedly Australia's best-known criminal. Author of many bestselling books about the underworld he inhabited, and subject of a smash-hit film, his story has become part of the country's culture. And Read certainly knew how to spin a yarn.

Adam Shand – bestselling author of Big Shots: Carl Williams and the Gangland Murders – disentangles the persona of 'Chopper' from Mark Read, the man. Chopper took over Read's life, made him famous but then refused to let him go.

ISBN: 
9780143799580
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2014

CARL WILLIAMS - Adam Shand

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Book Title: 
Carl Williams
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Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781921901256
Categorisation
Category: 
True Crime
Publisher: 
Penguin Viking
Year of Publication: 
2012

Currently Reading - Carl Williams, Adam Shand

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Due out later in October.

From the Blurb:

Barwon Prison's maximum security unit, 19 April 2010: Carl Williams is beaten to death with the stem of an exercise bike by a fellow inmate. And so, the last moments of this convicted contract killer and key figure in the Melbourne underworld echoed the rest of his life: violent, chilling, brutal.

Carl Williams

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

Barwon Prison's maximum security unit, 19 April 2010: Carl Williams is beaten to death with the stem of an exercise bike by a fellow inmate. And so, the last moments of this convicted contract killer and key figure in the Melbourne underworld echoed the rest of his life: violent, chilling, brutal.

ISBN: 
9781742535548
Publisher: 
Penguin Australia
Year of Publication: 
2012

Big Shots

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

In 2003 Adam Shand, until then a finance journalist, naively set out to unravel Melbourne's bloody gangland wars.  A few months' research, a guaranteed cover story.  But his foray into the underworld took him deeper than that.  He became embroiled in a complex world where feuds raged between rival families, and where a new generation was clashing with the criminal Establishment.  Before long, he found himself counted as a friend by those who sometimes ended friendships with a hail of bullets.

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2007

King of Thieves

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

From the mid 1960s, a brazen band of Australian thieves ran riot in London for more than a decade, pulling off the most daring heists Scotland Yard had ever seen. They were tagged by the Press as the Kangaroo Gang.

The gang, led by the charismatic 'King' Arthur Delaney, targeted the plush emporia of Knightsbridge and the fine jewellers of Mayfair. But the King didn' t stop there, criss-crossing Europe to lay siege to the luxury retailers of Paris, Brussels, Rome and beyond.

ISBN: 
9781742371474
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2010